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Drive for iPhone App Review

Drive for iPhone App Review

Whether following the laws laid out by the powers that be or simply applying your own common sense to the situation, you will almost certainly be aware that using your iPhone while you are driving is wrong, no matter how tempting it may be. Long journeys can be boring so it is only natural to want a distraction but anything that requires any more attention than music or radio can be dangerous and lead to dire consequences. Hopefully you will be smart enough to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road but there is a way to carry out certain iPhone tasks that is much safer and may be worthy of your attention. Drive is available from the App Store now for $1.99.

The title says it all and may in fact be an instruction as it gives way to an app that allows you to use your iPhone to an extent without taking your attention off the road. For this reason, the app has a naturally simple interface that is very easy to use and will not require much thought from you to use while you drive. The sole intent is to make iPhone use safer for the driver and anyone else in the car and it certainly succeeds.

The simplicity becomes clear from the start as the main screen shows little more than the time, your location and your options. These four options are very clearly laid out in the form of large, colored tiles so they can easily be identified. With Drive, you can easily call people with a tap and a few swipes, as well as send messages prepared beforehand. Drive does not encourage you to text while driving and instead requires you to save messages in advance. These can then be sent via the quick text function.

A nice feature is the way it can play music, although this too will require you to do some planning in advance. Since the controls are so simple, they only allow you to play the last song played in your music app, pause and skip back or forwards so it might be worth your while to set up a playlist in advance if driving music is what you crave. It would be nice if there were more music options but then this would defeat the object a bit. A more logical inclusion is a map feature which does not offer much in terms of navigation but it allows you to check which roads are near you at a glance.

Drive is rather limited but this is intentional as it would be useless if it were too involving. It provides all the basic functions you could need while driving and it is certainly well-designed for this purpose. It even has a night mode that keeps the screen pleasantly dim so it doesn’t become intrusive and it helps that the screen does not lock when the app is in use. If you are looking for a way to use the vital functions of your iPhone while driving then Drive is a good choice as it provides everything you need without distracting you too much.

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